Monday, 22 February 2010
A dog found floating cold and alone on an ice floe in the Baltic Sea was rescued by a passing ship. The black-and-brown mutt drifted at least 120 kilometers before he was found adrift 24 kilometers off the Polish coast by the crew of the Baltica, a Polish ship of sea scientists. The crew said the rescue was difficult as the dog kept falling into the icy waters. The dog was warmed, massaged and fed aboard the ship, and was taken ashore for a veterinary check-up. The ship's captain said crew members put their hearts into reuniting the dog with his owners. The dog's new master is Adam Buczynski, who pulled him to safety. The decision was taken to leave the dog with Buczynski after the dog rejected six people who had claimed to be his original owner. It is believed the would-be owners were probably trying to be part of the media attention surrounding the dog's dramatic rescue. The dog was renamed Baltic.